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In the news     

  • Seharusnya Jamin Heppell, seorang warga Australia, bisa saja melewati hari-harinya dengan mudah saat tertahan di Bali akibat pandemi COVID-19. Lari dari Bali Utara ke Selatan, pria Australia berhasil kumpulkan Rp 100 juta untuk disumbangkan ke warga Bali. (ABC Indonesia)
  • The Australian government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have donated medical equipment to support Indonesia’s effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. (The Jakarta Post) 
  • Popularitas pembelajaran Bahasa Indonesia sebagai bahasa asing selalu mengalami pasang surut. Untuk beberapa alasan, pandemi COVID-19 telah mengakibatkan  beberapa sekolah menutup program Bahasa Indonesia dan minat belajar siswa menurun pula. (SBS Indonesia)
  • Indonesian singer Rahmania “Astri” Astrini has joined a group of eight Asian musicians in the song “Me Me We”, which will be released as part of a global campaign to spread positivity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hebat ya! (The Jakarta Post) 
  • 4 Indonesian influencers are openly talking about ‘deviant sex’, body-shaming and other culturally sensitive issues. These next-gen role models are challenging the government over their response to coronavirus, dispensing sex advice and advocating for gay rights and self-love. Read more here. (South China Morning Post)
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre appointed 18 Associate Fellows to the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) earlier this year. The group forms the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers forging closer ties between two countries. (PAIR)

On the Blog

  • (English) ‘Financial literacy’ can be defined as public knowledge and understanding of financial institutions, products, and services that influence their attitudes and behavior to improve the quality of financial decision making and management. In 2015, The World Economic Forum stated that financial literacy is one of the foundation literacies that become a focus for Australian and Indonesian financial supervisory institutions. 
  • (Bahasa Indonesia) Literasi keuangan merupakan pengetahuan dan pemahaman masyarakat terkait lembaga, produk dan jasa keuangan yang mempengaruhi sikap dan perilaku seseorang untuk meningkatkan kualitas pengambilan keputusan dan pengelolaan keuangan. World Economic Forum pada tahun 2015 menyatakan literasi keuangan merupakan salah satu komponen literasi dasar yang juga menjadi fokus bagi lembaga pengawas keuangan Australia dan Indonesia 


  • Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/4pm AEST) – Online or ‘Flexible’ Language Exchange (FLEX) is run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project. FLEX is the place where young Australians and Indonesians can meet to exchange ideas, make friends and practise their language skills. Join and be a part of this growing online movement between our two nations. Current AIYA members can register their FLEX account at: www.universitybridgeproject.org, if you are not yet an AIYA member or need to renew your membership you can do so on the website.
  • 12 August- How do we maintain meaningful connections with our shared region despite visible and invisible barriers dictated by events of 2020? In Celebration of the UN International Youth Day, Asia Society warmly invites you to join for ‘Generation Asia Youth Forum| Keeping Connected in a COVID world at 3pm AEST. Register here.
  • 13 August- Education delivery has changed dramatically since the outbreak of COVID-19. In this CAUSINDY panel, experts in the education sector in Indonesia and Australia will discuss how students, teachers and other education stakeholders are adapting. Webinar will be at 7pm AEST. Register here. 
  • 13 August- the AIBC WA is pleased to present their very first-ever sports diplomacy webinar “Building Business through Sport.” Majority of Australians are unaware that Indonesians have an immense passion for sport and that there is a close link between government and the private sector and sports. Join in at 11:30 am in Perth. Register here.
  • 13 August- what is the current state of Australia-Asia Relations? This Asian Studies Association of Australia roundtable panelist will outline the contemporary framework for Australia’s engagement with Asia in foreign policy, development and defence. The webinar takes place at 12:30 AEST. Register here. 
  • 17 August- Join this webinar to discover how you can take your next step in language studies at the University of Sydney. If you are in your last years of highschool, now is your chance to understand the clear path from highschool to tertiary level language studies. More info here. 
  • 3 September- Are you interested in joining AIYA NSW? Join AIYA NSW AGM 2020! The event will take place online on Zoom, so whether you are in NSW, are you intend to be in NSW once the borders open, you can join!
  • 7-10 September – As COVID-10 has wreaked havoc everywhere and shows no signs of entirely abating, how will this affect Indonesia? Join ANU Indonesia Project’s Webinar conferences on ‘Economic dimensions of COVID-19 in Indonesia: responding to the crisis.’ Register here.
  • 12 September- Festival Indonesia will conduct a virtual festival! Enjoy everything you love about Indonesia at your convenient space. The event will include cultural showcases, music performances, virtual culinary stalls, giveaways and many more. More info here.
  • AIYA Victoria has uploaded its second episode of Martabak Vegemite! In this episode, Diandra Priambodo challenges Reza Sulaeman to cook a unique recipe of Indomie. The catch? The recipe is completely in Indonesian and Reza’s Indo is kurang bagus. Will he succeed? Check it out here!
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online Indonesian dance classes via zoom. They’re held on Friday nights between 6:30pm – 7:30pm AEST. All ages and levels welcome. Read more and book via paypal here.
  • Kremes Podcast provides lovers of Australia and Indonesia with a chance to listen to a range of Aus-Indo topics from casual chats about our shared cross-cultural experiences to more informative discussions like tips on living/studying/working in Australia. Listen here.
  • Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars on COVID-19 right to your living room. Join in for live discussions or surf through the archives of previous seminars here. 

COVID-19 support

  • The Directorate General of Immigration in Indonesia has announced some changes for Foreign Visitors in Indonesia regarding visas, stay permits, emergency stay permits, entering and existing Indonesia in the new normal. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta have highlighted such changes in their social media. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website for more info.
  • There have been some changes for returning travellers to Australia. These changes include that the number of incoming passengers will be restricted to ease pressure on quarantine facilities and some states have also begun to charge travellers for hotel quarantine, including NSW and QLD. More info here.
  • AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – bahasa Indonesia and English. AIYA is also aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.


  • Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2020 Competition are open NOW! This year’s theme is HEALTH! Check out their website for more information regarding dates & categories! Apply now!
  • AIHSP is seeking a Technical Program Manager (Animal Health) that will become the key focal point of technical engagement with the Government of Indonesia. Application closes 9 August. Apply here. 
  • Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for achievement as an Asian-Australian leader? The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit is looking for exceptional young people making a difference in their communities, demonstrating excellence in leadership and a commitment to Australia’s engagement with Asia. Application closes 14 August. Apply here.
  • The Victorian Government graduate program is now open. They are on the lookout for people with a range of skills backgrounds and lived experiences. Their graduate program has streams tailored to what you have studied at university. Online application closes 17 August. Apply here.
  • Asia Options is looking for an excellent team player to join our volunteer team and help continue the growth of a country section of the website. The Indonesia Correspondent will work with the AO team to contribute articles and language program reviews and help maintain the country section of the website, ensuring it delivers the best advice to readers. Application closes 23 August. Apply here. 
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is seeking an administration officer for their Canberra office. Application closes 23 August. More info here.
  • Scope Global is seeking expressions of interest for suitably qualified Team Leaders and Contract/Program Managers to join our growing International Scholarships and Mobility portfolio of programs. Application closes 31 August. Apply here.  
  • The Australian Embassy is pleased to announce a call for project proposals under the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS). The AGS offers seed funding, on a competitive basis, for initiatives that create impact in your professional field, organisation and community. Application closes 14 September. Read more here. 
  • The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) is pleased to announce the 1st ASEAN Energy Youth Award in recognition of young educators’ valuable contribution to nation-building, sustainable development and energy transition. The award is open to ASEAN young educators and enrolled students. Application closes 25 September. More info here.
  • ISEAS- Yusof Ishak Institute invites outstanding Southeast Asian postdoctoral or eligible PhD candidates undertaking research on ASEAN and Southeast Asia to apply for the ASEAN Graduate Fellowship at ASEAN Studies Centre. Application closes 30 September. More info here.
  • Scholarships are available from the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute and ASEAN Foundation Joint Post-graduate Scholarship Programme in Science and Technology.  The scholarships are available for ASEAN nationals (except Thai) who are interested in pursuing masters at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute. Send your application before 30 October 2020. More info here.
  • Difabel Kerja is a recently-launched participatory film project related to employment for people living with a disability in Indonesia. The four films in the Disability Learning Series are available copyright-free for streaming and download for any positive use by any business or organisation. Check it out.
  • Have you got some stories to share about Southeast Asia? Pitch an idea to The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. SSEAC is looking for a breadth of disciplinary focus including history, law, political science, agriculture, medicine, among others. For more info click here.
  • ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.

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